Pasta facts and myths

Pasta facts and myths

It is believed among people that pasta is very fattening and should not be eaten if you want to be slim.

Pasta is made mainly of flour, therefore its properties depend mainly on what type of flour has been used to for the production. Most good pasta available in stores is produced from durum wheat flour, which is the so-called semolina, and this is one of the healthiest of wheat flour. It contains a lot of vitamins, micro- and macro-elements, among others: calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, copper, manganese, zinc, vitamin B, vitamin E, folic acid , and lutein, which protects our eyes. It can therefore easily be seen that pasta do not provide us with empty calories , but many nutrients, moreover adds energy and makes us filled up for hours.

Caloric value of pasta.

It is assumed that a serving of pasta for adults should not exceed 100g. On the packages of pasta we read that 100 g of pasta has as much as 350 calories. We have to not however that when dried pasta is cooking it absorbs water and can increase its weigh up to three times without increasing the amount of calories, because the water does not have them at all. If you want to be precise or you care about the silhouette admeasure portions of pasta after cooking. 100 g of cooked pasta has no more than 150 calories. The point therefore is not in the caloric value of pasta but in the amount of pasta we will eat in one sitting.

Another important factor is what we add to our pasta. If you are on a diet in in not advisable to combine pasta with sour cream, butter, fatty cheeses such as Gorgonzola and Mascarpone or animal fat. Limited usage of Parmesan cheese is also recommended. You may use canola oil or olive oil without remorse as they are rich in unsaturated fatty acids and healthy for our bodies as well as herb which help digestion, mushrooms and vegetables which are a source of fiber - known to be an ally in the fight against overweight.

Currently in all good delicatessen and healthy food shops whole wheat pasta are available. If you compare caloric value of traditional pasta with caloric value of whole wheat pasta you probably will be surprised. Whole wheat pasta in comparison to traditional pasta has a little less calories definitely the difference is no as big as you’ve expected. So should we buy regular pasta or whole wheat pasta? Definitely whole wheat pasta because we digest it for a longer time and therefor we feel satiated longer. Figuratively speaking - longer drive on the same amount of fuel. :)

To sum up - even on a diet we can safely eat pasta, provided that we do not pour it generously with fat dressing. Pasta eaten once in a while in a reasonable quantity will do no harm to our silhouette and give us plenty of energy needed for daily routine as well as for exercises.

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